I have read a total of 24 books so far in 2015, with 2 more months to go before the end of the year. I am so proud of this book count. To me, it means, I have made time for myself and made time to read, and made time to do things that I love.
I tried something different this month, I asked an old high school friend (Patty), who happened to comment on the books I was reading on Instagram, and asked her to read a book with me long distance. This means, we would pick a book and read it together, each of us going at our own pace and sending each other emails about out thoughts/questions/reactions to the book every 4 chapters. This was a lot of fun and I always looked forward to her emails and it made me keep up on my reading because I really wanted to discuss the chapters with her. We are now starting our book #2.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
This is the book I read with my friend Patty as mentioned above. I liked the book Gone Girl, but this was more twisted and I mean creepy twisted. It was intense. There are some gruesome details, mental sickness and lots of mystery. I guess the perfect book to read in October leading up to Halloween. I was more satisfied with the way this book ended, unlike Gone Girl.
This was the author’s first book, years before Gone Girl was published and made her famous. I would recommend this book if you like mystery and I was actually hesitant to read this because I feel like I would get nightmares but I didn’t. I couldn’t stop reading it, because I just wanted to figure it out, but just when you think you know, there’s always a twist being thrown in the story. I didn’t skim to get to the end, I read every creepy scene and words.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I am a big fan of Mindy, ever since I started watching The Office and now I love her show The Mindy Project. This was one of those books I purchased on release date and tried to go to a signing, but couldn’t get in. Just like her first book, there are plenty of laughs and I mean, laugh out loud, by yourself moments. I highly recommend getting the audiobook because Mindy is hilarious reading her own stories.
I love her tone and her sense of humor. I like the stories she told on how her life has changed in the past few years, after The Office and since starting her new TV show. She’s more mature and real in this book (compared to her first one), which she admits, that wanting people to like her is no longer her main motivation. Amen to that.
I wish this book had more stories, it felt too short. But then again, when you love reading a book, the ending always feels to soon. I will read anything she writes, so I hope she keeps writing.
“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn’t always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.”
“People get scared when you try to do something, especially when it looks like you’re succeeding. People do not get scared when you’re failing. It calms them. But when you’re winning, it makes them feel like they’re losing or, worse yet, that maybe they should’ve tried to do something too, but now it’s too late. And since they didn’t, they want to stop you. You can’t let them.”
“People’s reaction to me is sometimes “Ugh, I just don’t like her. I hate how she thinks she is so great.” But it’s not that I think I’m so great. I just don’t hate myself. I do idiotic things all the time and I say crazy stuff I regret, but I don’t let everything traumatize me. And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don’t hate themselves. So that’s why you need to be a little bit brave.”